Monday, March 12, 2012

Names Emerge at Weekend Conventions

Normal people have March Madness and a 68 slot bracket. I have Filing Deadline Week and there's 252 lines to fill.

Notes from the weekend political party conventions are still trickling in. I do get word from the Johnson County GOP convention that one of Jeff Kaufmann's sons is running in the House 73 seat where Dad announced his retirement Friday night, but my source didn't catch the first name. There's three sons: Robert, Jacob, and John. John Kaufmann co-chaired the Muscatine County Pawlenty campaign (Jeff is a Newt guy).

A few Democratic convention notes in the Bleeding Heartland comments:

Former state representative Donovan Olson, D-Boone, is making a comeback attempt against the man who beat him, Republican Chip Baltimore, in House 47. Also out of the Boone County Democratic convention, teacher Shelly Stotts is challenging Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn in Senate District 24.

In Polk County, Drake law student Kelsey Clark of Grimes is challenging Republican Erik Helland in House 39.

And on the Republican side, Crawford County Supervisor Mark Segebart announced in open Senate District 6, where the GOP's Steve Kettering is retiring. Democrats have a strong candidate in Mary Bruner, and there were reports that the GOP had been having candidate recruitment trouble here.

That's all I got; you heard any other good ones?

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